Guinness World Records certified on Nov. 10 a boy born at 21 weeks and a day in Alabama, United States as the world’s most premature baby to survive.
Curtis Means was born on July 5, 2020 — four months ahead of the due date.
His mother Michelle Butler was rushed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital for emergency surgery and gave birth to twins. Only Curtis, weighing 420 grams, survived while his sister C’Asya passed away a day later due to complications.
Curtis spent 275 days in intensive care and was finally sent home on April 6, 2021.
Doctor Brian Sims, who oversaw the delivery, told Guinness World Records, “I’ve been doing this almost 20 years, but I’ve never seen a baby this young be as strong as he was. There was something special about Curtis.”
Colm Travers, assistant professor at the UAB Division of Neonatology told Guinness World Records that the Curtis’ survival rate was “far less than 1%.”
“I was amazed at such a young age that he was alive and that he was responding to the treatments,” Travers said.
Curtis became qualified for the record after celebrating his first birthday.
The previous record holder was Richard Hutchinson, born in Wisconsin exactly one month before Curtis at the age of 21 weeks and two days.
Before Richard, the record had gone unbroken for 34 years, having previously been held by James Elgin Gill who was born at the age of 21 weeks and five days in Ottawa, Canada.
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